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Student projects.

Sponsoring a student project can create value for your company on a number of levels. Projects provide opportunities to interface with students and explore solutions to business challenges while giving students hands-on experience in real-world situations.

The following matrix outlines the project sponsorship opportunies available across the university. For more information, click on the name of the individual program to visit its Web site or click the contact name to send a direct email.

Business NeedCollege/School/UnitProject Sponsor’s CostSubmission Deadline for ProposalsContact
Design, build, test prototypes; simulation of work processes; engineering and operations plans College of Engineering Multidisciplinary Design Program $15K
Late spring for projects starting on January 1
Gail Hohner
(734) 763-7421
Design projects for the two BME capstone design courses that involves the design, build, and test of a prototype for clinical or biomedical research applications.
College of Engineering Biomedical Engineering Design Project dependent, should cover the fabrication, validation and iteration of mock-ups and prototypes August 1 for Fall Term, November 1 for Winter Term
Rachael Schmedlen
(734) 763-0575
Marketing strategy, market analysis, market entry, strategic planning, financial modeling, sustainability, product launch, operations processes, mergers and acquisitions Stephen M. Ross School of Business Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) Program Student travel, and other project-related expenses November 22, 2013
Gale Amyx
(734) 763-3647

Marketing strategy, market analysis, market entry, strategic planning, financial modeling, sustainability, product launch, operations processes, mergers and acquisitions

Average Student Work Experience: 
8 years 

Stephen M. Ross School of Business Global MBA Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) Program Student travel, and other project-related expenses March 1, 2014 Linda Lillemoen
(734) 764-6411
Marketing strategy, market analysis, market entry, strategic planning, financial modeling, sustainability, product launch, operations processes, mergers and acquisitions Stephen M. Ross School of Business Executive MBA Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) Program Student travel, and other project-related expenses  Early July Andy Lawlor
(734) 763-5809

Marketing strategy, market analysis, market entry, strategic planning, financial modeling, sustainability, product launch, operations processes, mergers and acquisitions

Average Student Work Experience:
6 years

Stephen M. Ross School of Business Part-time MBA Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) Program Student travel, and other project-related expenses

Evening: July 1, 2013 for fall-term projects

Weekend: November 1, 2013 for winter-term projects

Claire Hogikyan
(734) 615-9762
Marketing strategy, market analysis, market entry, strategic planning, financial modeling, sustainability, product launch, operations processes, mergers and acquisitions Stephen M. Ross School of Business BBA Action Learning Projects (ALPS) None December 2 Minya Nance (734) 615-2096
Develop advertising campaign strategy Stephen M. Ross School of Business  None  December 1
Katherine Burson
(734) 764-6873
Develop market research design and analysis Stephen M. Ross School of Business  None  August 23 Anocha Aribarg
(734) 763-0599
Lean process design and implementation, business unit manufacturing plan, strategic site assessment, supply chain implementation plan, sourcing plan, new product/process development strategy, product complexity analysis, plant floor layout. Projects include an implementation phase.
 Tauber Institute for Global Operations Team Projects $30,000 participation fee plus student salaries and travel
 December 1 for May-August summer projects

Jonathan Grice (734) 647-2220

The project should deal with an important public policy problem that presents a significant challenge or opportunity to the organization engaging students in a range of multi-disciplinary research and analytical activities such as researching best practices, conducting archival research, interviewing or surveying stakeholders, analyzing financial documents, conducting cost benefit analysis, etc.  Ford School of Public Policy Applied Policy Seminar Minimal Cost

June 1 for fall term (September-December)

October 15 for winter term (January-April)

Tom Phillips

(734) 615-6454

Information process flow evaluation by a team of master's students School of Information 501: "Contextual Inquiry and Project Management" None August 20 for fall term projects Kelly A. Kowatch
(734) 936-8735
Usability evaluation of a website or software application with detailed and actionable feedback School of Information 622: "Evaluation of Systems and Services" None December 31 for winter term projects Mark W. Newman
(734) 764-0020
Socially oriented content management system/website development by a group of master's students School of Information 631: "Content Management Systems Practical Engagement Workshop" None August 31 for fall term projects

Michael Hess 

(734) 661-2833

Have your dataset turned into a useful visualization by a master's student School of Information 649/749: "Information Visualization" None Pitches accepted through 4th week of class
Eytan Adar
(734) 647-8028
Policy recommendations, sustainability analysis, landscape designs, natural resource management plans School of Natural Resources and Environment Master's Project Student travel and other project related expenses

Priority: Nov 1

Final: Dec 3

Lisa Yee-Litzenberg
(734) 615-1633
Automotive design, systems integration, interdisciplinary product creation, collaborative research, innovative design concepts UM-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems Summer Automotive Engineering Project $40,000 - $75,000
January - April for summer projects Roger Shulze
(313) 583-6431